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Published: 14:22 | 8/1/16

Everton bring in Tarashaj

Everton have signed Shani Tarashaj on a four-and-a-half-year deal from Grasshopper Zurich.

The 20-year-old has scored eight goals in 18 games for the Swiss club this season and will remain in Zurich for the rest of the season in order to complete his national service.

"Shani is an enormous young talent in Swiss football who, without a doubt, will have a great future. We’re delighted to have found a young player who believes that our Club is the perfect step for him to enhance his quality and to grow his career," Everton manager Roberto Martinez told the club's official website.

"He fits in really well to our style and the way we want to play the game. He is a family boy, hungry and he is desperate to fight for his place in our talented young squad.

"I’m delighted we have been able to act quickly and secure the deal for Shani which means that, due to his national service commitments, he will be able to be part of our first team squad from next season.

"Grasshopper have been very professional and the deal has been conducted in an exemplary way."

Tarashaj is a member of the Switzerland Under-21 squad and he believes he can continue his development under Martinez.

"I am fast, I have a good shot and I think I can help Everton," he told evertontv. "I first found out Everton were interested two or three months ago and now I am here.

"For me that is the the best thing about Mr Martinez wanting me - his belief in young players.

"I heard that he was a good manager and works well with young players individually - this is what I want to make me a better player.

"English football is fast-paced and Everton is a big club with a good manager in Mr Martinez."

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